Fellowship Eligibility & the Application Process

Fellows are paid an annual salary plus benefits. Participants must reside in or relocate to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and are responsible for their own travel, housing, and other living expenses.

Candidate Requirements

  • U.S. citizenship or a permit to work in the U.S. for the duration of the program (currently September 2014 through May 2016)
  • Graduate or professional degree completed prior to the fellowship start date
  • Familiarity with the federal legislative process, the U.S. Congress, the Congressional Black Caucus, and its members and related policy
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating and implementing public policy to improve living conditions for underserved and underrepresented individuals

Selection Process

Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black young professionals who have earned a graduate or professional degree. Selection as a CBCF Fellow is based on the following criteria:

  • A clear record of academic and professional achievement
  • Familiarity with the pertinent federal organizations and processes
  • Evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth
  • Demonstrated interest in public policy
  • Quality of application and interview performance

The selection process is highly competitive; typically, the CBCF accepts fewer than 10% of those who apply for nine available fellowship positions. Applications are submitted to the CBCF and reviewed by a selection committee of CBCF staff and external partners. Finalists are selected and notified by the CBCF.

Application Materials

The completed online application must be submitted by midnight on the deadline date. The additional required materials must be received at our office by 5 p.m. EST on the deadline date. The following items will be requested through the online application:

  1. A completed application form, including the required short essays
  2. Three (3) Essay Question Responses
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation, submitted electronically (hard copy letters will not be accepted)
  4. A two (2)-page resume listing extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service, and special skills
  5. A recent photograph suitable for publication (i.e. a graduation photo or other professional-quality photograph in which the subject is formally dressed)

Other Required Materials

All of the above documents must be submitted through the online application. Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended must be mailed to the following address and received by the CBCF by the deadline date:

CBCF Congressional Fellowship Programs
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
1720 Massachusetts Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

For more information, please call (202) 263-2800 or email fellowships@cbcfinc.org . Please include your name and the pertinent fellowship program in the subject line. Applicants may also visit our FAQ page.

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